With this post, I'm initiating a new phase to this blog. I am this month beginning doctoral research through the University of Exeter on the monastery of Mar Saba (located near Bethlehem) and its relationship with its Abbasid and Fatimid overlords from roughly the years 800-1100 CE.
Last June, I traveled to Mar Saba and had the privilege of meeting some of the ancient monastery's monks as well as praying in what is allegedly the cave of the great 8th c. theologian John of Damascus. Mar Saba is one of the most important centers of Christian learning in the Middle East; some scholars think the Bible was first translated into Arabic there. For the next several years, Mar Saba will be the focus of my research, and I am hopeful this blog can act as a forum for exhibiting some of what I am finding.
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